Los Angeles Lakers small forward LeBron James may sign a two-year extension worth $97 million this offseason. If he doesn’t, the four-time MVP would go into unrestricted hands in the summer of 2023.
HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto and Yossi Gozlan spoke on a recent podcast about the future of the Lakers and Gozlan predicted that LeBron would not sign a renewal.
“LeBron is eligible starting August 4th for a two-year, $97 million, which would come in after the next season and keep him under contract through 2025. I would suspect the Lakers will put that offer on the table as soon as it becomes available. The Lakers’ off-season will be mostly over by then, so by then he should have an idea of whether to sign on for another two years. My guess is that he’s not renewing with the Lakers for a number of reasons,” Gozlan said.
“First, he has until June 30, 2023 to sign it. Second, he might want to keep the pressure on the Lakers organization after the season they’ve just had. Third, he’s LeBron James. As long as he plays at this level next year, he has a maximum contract available.”
LeBron is expected to earn $44,474,988 next season. According to Gozlan, the four-time champion’s renewal for the Lakers comes with its own caveats.
Gozlan spoke about how the Lakers’ 2023 cap spot would decrease if they signed LeBron for an overtime this offseason.
“LeBron’s renewal brings with it its own caveats for the Lakers. Right now, the Lakers are projected to generate over $60 million in cap space in 2023, with only Anthony Davis and Talen Horton-Tucker signed,” Gozlan said. “Extending LeBron to that cap would eliminate that, but I think we can also agree that the Lakers are more likely not going to have a place for the cap given there’s a good chance they will in a Westbrook deal.” take long-term money. ”
LeBron has had a spectacular individual season. He averaged 30.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 6.2 assists while shooting 52.4% from the field, 35.9% from beyond the arc, and 75.6% from the free throw line. However, the Lakers only won 33 games and missed the playoffs.
The King was asked about his future with the Lakers during his exit interview with the media on April 11. In February, LeBron called the Lakers “a franchise I will be partnering with in the future,” but the future Hall of Famer played coy when asked about his renewal.
According to The Athletic’s Sam Amick, LeBron is considering playing off his current contract. The Akron Hammer signed a four-year, $153.5 million contract with the Lakers in the summer of 2018 and agreed to a two-year, $85.7 million extension with Los Angeles in December 2020.
The Lakers won the 2020 championship in six games against the Miami Heat, but they’ve struggled the past two seasons.
“Technically it can’t be discussed until later in the year because of the collective bargaining agreement,” LeBron said of his summer extension. “Well, we’re getting to that point, we’ll see.”
LeBron is represented by Klutch Sports’ Rich Paul, who also represents Lakers big man Anthony Davis.